Climate Scorecard Ratings by Country

We created this scorecard based on the following important benchmarks that countries across the world need to reach in order to prevent the planet from warming beyond 1.5 degree Celsius tipping point that will result in widespread environmental and economic damage and loss of life. For more information on how we got to these ratings, view the breakdown of scoring below.

Our Considerations:

  1. Did the country update their pledge before the end of 2020?
  2. Does the updated pledge commit to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?
  3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030?
  4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?
  5. Has the country developed a plan for becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Ratings Key

Needs Improvement
Some Progress
Right Direction
0 - 49%
50 - 79%
80 - 100%

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1. Has the country committed to update its pledge to 50% emissions reductions by 2023? 

Yes.

2. Has the country already pledged to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030?

Yes. The E.U. submitted their enhanced NDC on the 18th of December 2020 and committed to reducing their emissions by 55% by 2030 based on 1990 levels.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030?

Yes. The E.U.’s NDC indicates a plan to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 based on 1990 levels.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Yes. The E.U. has committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050.

5. Has the country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Yes. The E.U. aims to be climate-neutral by 2050. The objective is at the heart of the European Green Deal.

1. Has the country committed to update its pledge to 50% emissions reductions by 2023? 

Yes.

2. Has the country already pledged to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030?

Yes. Germany has increased its pledge to a 65% reduction in emissions compared with 1990 levels by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

Yes. Germany’s original Climate Action Plan 2050 (submitted in 2016) committed the country to 55% reduction in emissions compared to 1990 by 2030. This goal was set with carbon neutrality by 2050 in mind.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Germany has committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2045, as outlined in its updated 2021 Climate Action Law.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Yes. Germany published the Climate Action Plan 2050 with an expressed goal of achieving Carbon neutrality by 2050. The 2021 Climate Action Law also added in interim goals of 88% reductions by 2040 to keep Germany on track for its 2045 carbon neutrality.

1. Has the country committed to update its pledge to 50% emissions reductions by 2023? 

Yes. The United Kingdom submitted a new NDC on the 11th of Dec 2020.

2. Has the country already pledged to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030?

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to cut emissions by 68% by 2030 based on 1990 levels and confirmed it with the submission of their NDC on 11th of December 2020.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

Yes. The NDC commits the UK to 68% reduction by 2030 based on 1990 levels.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

The United Kingdom has committed to being Carbon Neutral by 2050.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Yes. The United Kingdom published The Clean Growth Strategy in 2017 stating that the country was committed to an 80 % reduction in emissions as compared to 1990 levels by 2050. This plan is not specifically related to carbon neutrality, but it does provide a framework for future plans.

1. Has the country committed to updating its pledge to 50% emissions reductions by 2023? 

Yes. France along with the E.U. have updated their 2015 Paris Pledge.

2. Has the country already pledged to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030?

Yes. France along with the E.U. has committed to reducing their emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030. Additionally in 2015 France established the Energy Transition act (BriefFull Version) defining how France would reduce GHG emissions. The specific goals commit France to reduce emissions by 40% of its 1990 levels by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

Yes. in conjunction with the E.U. France will reduce their emissions by 55% of the 1990 levels by 2030.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Yes. France has committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050. The Energy Transition Act committed France to reducing emissions by 75% below the 1990 mark by 2050 in 2015. It is still to be seen whether France will update this goal.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No. The Energy Transition Act was the first long-term strategy published by France with mention of a transition to a low-carbon economy. While the policy does not completely move France to Carbon Neutrality it did begin the process.

Nota Bene: France currently has 108 policies in place to address their GHG emissions. On November 8th 2019, President Macron signed into law Loi n° 2019-1147 du 8 novembre 2019 relative à l’énergie et au climat which serves as the legal basis for which to meet the Paris Agreement commitments and attain carbon neutrality by 2050 by drastically reducing emissions. With an aim to decrease the consumption of fossil fuels by 60% of 2012 levels by 2030, the law contains several concrete measures to do so including: improve energy efficient of buildings (measures commencing in 2021-2023) and decrease emissions from electricity generation by closing all coal power plants by 2022 and limiting the use of the most pollution emitting plants.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes, but more emphasis is put on the 2030 plan.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Yes. Spain in conjunction with the E.U. submitted a plan to reduce emissions by 55% based on 1990 levels by 2030.

Additionally, Spain has partnered with the UNDP, Germany and the EU to help other countries fulfill their commitments as well. It is one of the top E.U. countries in terms of commitment to the Paris Pledge.

Source: https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/undp-germany-spain-eu-launch-eur-42-million-programme-un-climate-summit.html

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030?

Yes. Spain signed the E.U. Climate Law to reduce emissions by 55% based on 1990 levels by 2030.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Spain is 100% committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The government posts some reports and articles elaborating on the topic, one of which can be found here: http://www.mitramiss.gob.es/cartaespana/es/noticias/Noticia_0504.htm

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Spain remains a firm partner and leader of the European Union climate plan. With Spain’s solar and wind energy strength, the outlook is positive; nonetheless, projections of climate change in the Spanish Mediterranean climate are not hopeful if the 2050 Carbon Neutral plan is not strictly followed.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Italy is a part of the E.U. and is under their NDC pledges.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Yes. Italy in conjunction with the E.U. submitted a plan to reduce emissions by 55% based on 1990 levels by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

Yes.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Italy has committed to this goal in conjunction with the European Union.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Poland is a part of the E.U. and will jointly update the 2015 Paris pledge by 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Yes. Poland in conjunction with the E.U. submitted a plan to reduce emissions by 55% based on 1990 levels by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

Yes. Poland in conjunction with the E.U. submitted a plan to reduce emissions by 55% based on 1990 levels by 2030.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

While the E.U. has collectively committed to carbon neutrality, Poland individually has not. However the capital of Poland, the city of Warsaw, has.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country updated its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes.

2. Does the updated pledge commit the country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. Canada has only pledged to a 40%-45% reduction in emissions by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. However, if Canada implemented every policy from its December 2020 plan in addition to following its 2021 NDC pledge and the declarations the country signed at COP26, it is likely they could reach a 50% reduction in emissions.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Yes. Canada has committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050. They have yet to enshrine that target into law or release a plan to achieve it.

It is of note that Canada is one of 10 members of the ‘Under2 Coalition’ of states and regions committed to climate action. Members of the Under2 Coalition commit to long term decarbonization in line with the Paris Agreement by planning their pathway to 2050 and are transparent with their climate action by disclosing their progress every year.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Yes. The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, introduced in Parliament on November 19, 2020, will formalize Canada’s target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and establish a series of interim emissions reduction targets at 5-year milestones toward that goal. A permanent independent net-zero advisory body of up to 15 experts, is providing advice to the government on the most efficient and effective ways to reach this goal.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Australia submitted an updated NDC in October 2021.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. The pledge commits Australia to 26-28% reduction based on 2005 levels by 2030. However, their 2021 update cites that they will be able to achieve a 35% reduction by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Yes.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Yes. Australia has announced its Long Term Emissions Reduction Plan that will allow it to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The plan focuses on reducing costs of emissions reductions for the private sector while incentivizing low emissions technology adaptations.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Brazil updated it’s 2020 NDC in December 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. Brazil’s NDC commits the country to reducing its emissions by 43% by 2030 as compared with 2005 levels.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. Brazil’s enhanced NDC commits the country to reducing its emissions by 43% by 2030 as compared with 2005 levels. Unfortunately, this new measure of emissions increases the total number of carbon tonnes that the country “can” emit under the agreement.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Yes. The country published a letter to the UNFCC as a form of an updated NDC in 2021 that commits to carbon neutrality buy 2050 instead of their previous goal of 2060.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No. The letter serves as a precursor to a carbon neutral plan.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Almost! Japan has committed to reducing its emissions by 46% by 2030 compared with fiscal year 2013 levels and their updated NDC mentions striving for a 50% reduction.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

Not yet.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Japan committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050 in October 2020. 

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No, but a plan to become carbon neutral is forthcoming. Additionally, the city of Tokyo has extensive plans and a cap-and-trade emissions scheme to become carbon neutral by 2050.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Mexico has committed to updating it’s 2015 Paris pledge by 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Mexico’s current Nationally Determined Contributions commit the country to reducing 25% of it’s GHGs and short-lived climate pollutants by 2030 with a net emissions peak starting in 2026.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Mexico has committed to being Carbon Neutrality by 2050

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

Mexico has not developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050. It is important to note that the Mid Century Strategy policy published in 2016 committed Mexico to a 50% reduction from the baseline by 2050 with more ambitious goals dependent upon regional involvement from the United States and Canada.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Yes. The updated target would reduce emissions by up to 70% compared to 1990 levels.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030?

No. The NDC restricts emission growth to 30% below 1990 levels. Currently Russia’s emissions stand at 50% below 1990 levels and it is quite possible they will not reach 30% by 2030.

Consequently, we must view Russia’s new NDC as an emissions growth limitation target and not a true reduction.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Russia has not committed to Carbon Neutrality.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes.

We will explore a variety of measures for transitioning to a low carbon economy […] that will be incorporated in the NDC and the 2050 LTS to be submitted next year.” President Moon

South Korea implemented a nationwide emission trading system for the first time in East Asia. Korea has reduced 4 coal-fired power plants and 6 more by 2022.  Also, the ‘Hydrogen economy Roadmap’ has been released in Jan 2019.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. South Korea’s new NDC commits the country to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 24.4% based upon 2017 levels by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Yes. Although they have created a carbon neutral strategy outline and goals, there is no concrete plan at this time.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No. Although South Korea does not have a national Carbon Neutral scheme yet, the country has the plan to have the world’s first carbon-free island. Jeju Island aims to become carbon-free by 2030 and fully sustainable by using renewable energy. Also, Chungcheongnam-do, one of the local governments in Korea declared “Energy Conversion Vision 2050” in October 2019 to achieve Carbon Zero.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contribution commits itself to reduce unconditionally 29% of it’s greenhouse gasses emissions against the business as usual scenario by the year 2030. They have stated a 41% conditional reductions with international support.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. However, the government has announced a plan for carbon neutral by 2070.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

While the country of Indonesia has not committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050, the city of Jakarta has committed to this goal.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Nigeria has committed to enhance its ambitions or actions in the 2020 NDC.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

There is no updated pledge.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution indicates that the country has committed to an unconditional 20% reduction by 2030 and a 45% conditional reduction (dependent on international partners) by 2030. These projections are based upon emission levels in 2010-2014. (UNFCCC, NDC Staging Nigeria)

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

The entire country has not committed to Carbon Neutrality; however, the state of Lagos has committed to this Goal. This is notable due to the urban coastal environment and high population.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. South Africa has committed to updating it’s 2015 Paris pledge by 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

There is no updated pledge.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030?

No. South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions indicates that they are reducing emissions to a range between 398 and 614 Mt CO2–eq by 2025-2030, which could result anywhere between 26% below to 12 % above 2010 levels by 2030. Climate Action Tracker indicates that this target is Highly Insufficient (Climate Watch, South Africa)

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

The entire country has not committed to Carbon Neutrality; however, several regions (Tshwane, Durban, etc…) have committed to this Goal.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Thailand submitted an enhanced NDC October 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. The updated pledge commits to emission reductions 20% below business as usual (BAU) level by 2030 and could be increased to 25% with support.

The enhanced pledge commits Thailand to the same emission targets held in the 2015 NDC.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. Thailand’s Nationally Determined Contribution has committed the country to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from business as usual levels by 2030. There is potential for this percentage to increase to 25% if access to technology is enhanced.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Thailand has not committed to Carbon Neutrality.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Ukraine has committed to updating it’s 2015 Paris pledge by 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No, the pledge has not been published yet.  It is important to note that Ukraine currently has emissions 60% less than the 1990s levels. Ukraine has intentions to increase their emissions but have committed to not exceeding 60% of 1990 emission levels meaning that they will be at least 40% below the 1990 levels by 2030. Ukraine’s plans to increase their emissions are not encouraging.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

No. Ukraine has not committed to carbon neutrality.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No. Ukraine did publish, Ukraine 2050 Low Emission Development Strategy, indicating that Ukraine might reduce emissions by 31-34% compared to the 1990 level by 2050. However this Low Emission Development Strategy also includes the construction of new coal power plants after 2030. Furthermore, the plan was not approved at the national level, but only approved by a protocol so that it could be sent to the UNFCCC.

Most recently on January 21st, 2020 Ukraine’s recently created Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection presented a Concept of Green Energy Transition until 2050 (Ukraine Green Deal). According, to it Ukraine pledges to completely phase-out coal generation by 2050. At the moment, the pledge does not appear to be legally binding.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. The United States has committed to updating it’s 2015 Paris pledge by 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Yes. The United States has re-submitted its pledge to between 50-52% below 2005 emissions levels by 2030.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030?

Not yet.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

President Biden has expressed a goal for the United States to become carbon neutral but it remains to be seen if this is a real commitment.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No. I will note that the United States developed the United States Mid-Century Strategy For Deep Decarbonization that provided pathways for the country to reduce emissions by 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

China’s Nationally Determined Contribution has a series of goals for reducing it’s emissions by 2030. These plans include but are not limited to:

Peak Carbon Dioxide emissions by 2030 or earlier

Lower Carbon Dioxide emission per unit by GDP by 65% from the 2005 level.

Increase consumption of non-fossil fuels to around 25%

Increase the forest stock volume by 6 billion cubic meters from the 2005 level

Bring its total installed capacity of wind and solar power to over 1.2 billion kilowatts by 2030

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

No. China has not committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050 instead saying they will meet that goal by 2060. Their 2021 NDC aims for carbon neutrality “before” 2060.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No. China has not developed a plan yet, but according to their 2021 NDC update they are currently developing an action plan for peaking carbon emissions and then achieving neutrality. They are also formulating a document, “Opinions on Full, Accurate and Comprehensive Implementation of New Development Philosophy to Well Execute Tasks for CO2 Emission Peak and Carbon Neutrality and the Action Plan for Carbon Dioxide Peaking before 2030” that will address these topics.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

No. However, India has already stepped up their policy commitments and is on course to keeping its’ three points Paris Climate Agreement commitments.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. India’s Nationally Determined Contribution commits India to reduce the emission intensity of the economy by 33 to 35% by 2030 from 2005 level.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No.

Updated policies are not committed to being compliant with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperatures to a 1.5 Celsius increase. However, it is important to note that “independent assessments show that India’s commitments are keeping with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius. More recent independent assessments find that India is likely to meet its goals, particularly on increasing non-fossil generation capacity and reducing emissions intensity, ahead of the deadline set by India in its Paris climate pledges.”

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

At this moment India has not committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050. India’s position about net carbon issue (i.e. Carbon Neutral) has been clear and consistent that the country will announce its policy on the matter by 2021 – 2022 based on the global north’s performance on their promise to fund (climate change fund of USD 100 billion) developing economies in their efforts to step up as a part of climate agreement deal.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

Yes. Turkey has announced that it will ratify the Paris pledge.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

There is no updated pledge.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. Turkey’s current climate policies will leave emissions an astounding 150% above 2010 levels by 2030 according to Climate Action Tracker.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Turkey has not committed to Carbon Neutrality.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

No. At the present time Iran has not pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

No. There is no updated pledge.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No. The Iranian NDC states the following: “On the basis of national capabilities, financial resources available and requirements of the national development program, taking into account GHGs emission scenarios, the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to participate by mitigating its GHGs emission in 2030 by 4% compared to the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario.” They have stated a possible conditional goal of 12% reduction.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

No.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

1. Has the country pledged to update its 2015 Paris pledge by 2020?

No. Saudi Arabia has not committed to updating it’s 2015 Paris pledge by 2020.

2. Does the updated pledge commit your country to making a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030?

There is no updated pledge. Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz announced on October 30, 2019 the plans to launch the kingdom’s carbon trading schemes as a way to meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He added that the kingdom currently operates the largest carbon capture and utilization plant in the world, turning half a million tons of CO2 annually into products such as fertilizers and methanol and running one of the regions most advanced CO2 enhanced oil recovery plants that captures and stores 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. These plans represent a “Business as Usual” approach that doesn’t significantly reduce emissions.

3. Has the country submitted a plan for reducing its emissions by 2030 50%?

No.

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050?

No, Saudi Arabia has not committed to becoming carbon neutral. They have a “2030 Vision”, which includes generating at least 9.5 GW from renewable energy by 2030 and reducing their carbon emissions by 130 million tons of CO2 by the same year, but no mention of becoming carbon neutral.

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050?

No.

Ratings Calculation

1. Has the country committed to updating its pledge to 50% emissions reductions by 2023? (20 pts)

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

2. Has the country already pledged to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030? (20 pts)

  • Yes (50%) = 20 points
  • Pledged (>49%) = 10 points
  • No = 0 points

3. Has the country submitted a plan to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030? (20 pts)

  • Yes (50%) = 20 points
  • Pledged (>49%) = 10 points
  • No = 0 points

4. Has the country committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050? (20 pts)

  • Yes = 20 points
  • Partial = 10 points
  • No = 0 points

5. Has the Country developed a plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2050? (20 pts)

  • Yes = 20 points
  • Partial = 10 points
  • No = 0 points

Total Points Out of 100 = Country Score

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